Who We Are
Sheriff Carmine Marceno
Sheriff Carmine Marceno was appointed Lee County’s 13th Sheriff by Governor Rick Scott on September 25, 2018.
Sheriff Marceno brings decades of law enforcement experience, beginning his career in Suffolk County, New York before moving to Southwest Florida where he joined the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
While with CCSO, he worked as a Patrol Deputy and was a member of numerous specialty units within the agency. He transitioned to a larger public liaison role in community policing, eventually serving as Assistant to Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.
Sheriff Marceno is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. In 2012 he was awarded the Collier County’s Distinguished Public Service Award, given to the county’s top public servant.
Sheriff Marceno joined the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2013, most recently serving as Undersheriff for more than two years. During that time, Sheriff Marceno assumed supervisory responsibilities for day-to-day operations as a member of Command Staff. Prior to his role as Undersheriff, he was a Captain, serving as the Executive Officer to Sheriff Mike Scott.
In March 2017, Sheriff Carmine Marceno graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy Session 267. The intense 10-week program is by invitation-only for law enforcement managers nominated by their agency because of demonstrated leadership. The grueling session includes course study, specialized training and physical challenges.
Sergeant Rich Castellon
Sergeant Richard Castellon joined the Lee County Sheriff's Office in 2013 after an extensive service record including a CAT II top secret security clearance while assigned to 8 & I Marine Barracks in the United States Marine Corps.
In 2003, Castellon was employed as a police officer within the Miami police department, where he became certified as a K9 Decoy with the Miami-Dade K9 Training Center in 2007. In that same year, Castellon became qualified by the International Forensics Research Institute as an explosive K9 detection team member.
While working for the City of Miami, he was assigned K9 Diesel who was FDLE certified for patrol and explosives. He worked alongside K9 Diesel for eight years.
The U.S. Police Canine Association certified Castellon as a "Police Dog 1" in 2010 and 2012. The K9 team was tested and certified during a 6 day trial of obedience exercises, criminal apprehension, and article searching.
Shortly after, the Jimmy Rice Foundation gave him a bloodhound named Legacy. Legacy and Staff Officer Castellon worked hand-in-hand to assist law enforcement with incidents that occurred county-wide.
From 2006 through 2013, Castellon has trained and certified more than 100 K9 teams under FDLE in the Dade County Metropolitan area. Castellon was also deployed to several high risk K9 perimeter searches including suspects and officer involved shooting throughout the Dade and Brauer county areas. As a K9 trainer/handler, he has the responsibility as the acting K9 liaison between an agency and the incident command.
Prior to his current assignment as Deputy Chance's handler, he served as a K9 handler with our Youth Services Division. Today, he uses his qualifications to help rehabilitate Deputy Chance as a liaison for the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Bosco has been on the force for 4 months as the Commander of the Deputy Dogs Pets on Patrol Program. Here, she assigns patrols, signs certificates, takes photos, and sends cards to kids that are in the hospital. Lt. Bosco weighs 7.9lbs and is specially trained in covert operations. She used these skills recently in the arrest of Renegade Roger the Rabbit.
This caught fugitive was known for devouring fresh vegetables out of the Farmer's Market. Thanks to Bosco, Deputy Chance was able to pounce on Roger and assist Chance in the arrest of Roger the Rabbit. He currently resides at the Farmer's Market.
Deputy Chance has served for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for 5 months as the leader of the Deputy Dogs Pets on Patrol Program. He was found abused outside of Lehigh Acres and was later adopted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Chance’s main initiative is to prevent animal abuse in all of Lee County. Sheriff Carmine Marceno has made Chance the new advocate for animal cruelty and he has been present for all Lee County and Lee County School District events. His ultimate goal is to end animal abuse around the globe.
Mercy & Maggie
With an estimated 230 million olfactory cells…40 times the number found in humans…the Bloodhound has the ability to track human scent over incredible distances and, often, days after the scent was left. The human olfactory center is the approximate size of a postage stamp; the Bloodhound’s is the size of a handkerchief.
Humans shed approximately 40,000 skin “rafts” per minute. These rafts are made up of skin cells, hygiene products, bacteria, fungus, parasites, sweat, hormones, and enzymes. Having a remarkable ability to sniff an article, read terrain and follow the scent of skin rafts, the Bloodhound’s abilities make their tracking results admissible in court.
Once the Bloodhound identifies the trail, it will not divert its attention despite other scents and odors. It is only when the dog locates the source of the scent, or when it reaches a point at which it is unable to continue, will it stop tracking. Bloodhounds have been known to stick to a trail for more than 130 miles.”